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What does it mean? Lagom is a Scan­di­na­vian word that – much like last year’s hygge, roughly mean­ing cosy – has no di­rect trans­la­tion in English. The clos­est way to con­vey the con­cept of lagom is ‘just the right amount’, or ‘not too lit­tle, not too much’. It is a phi­los­o­phy of bal­ance that can be ap­plied to ev­ery­thing from in­te­rior de­sign (it es­chews the sharp edges of min­i­mal­ism, but is anti-clut­ter) to cook­ing (think healthy eat­ing, but with­out deny­ing your­self the oc­ca­sional treat). How can I live lagom? Swedish su­per­brand Ikea be­lieves that the key is not deny­ing your­self what you love, while also not tak­ing more than you need from the planet. Its new Live Lagom project aims to give peo­ple prac­ti­cal tips for em­brac­ing lagom in their homes. ‘Make small changes – you don’t have to take on a huge chal­lenge,’ ex­plains Joanna Yar­row, head of sus­tain­abil­ity at Ikea UK and Ire­land. She sug­gests us­ing LED bulbs that save en­ergy, or plac­ing a timer in the bath­room to save wa­ter by dis­cour­ag­ing long show­ers. You can find more easy-to-fol­low tips on the Ikea web­site (

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